Because Arcadia

Marcella Haddad May 2, 2016 8:00 pm

I'm Going to Throw You Out the Window

I’d always thought it was strange that when I or my siblings would misbehave, my mom would jokingly say, “I’m going to throw you out the window.” I thought it was something she made up. But the origin of the phrase came up in an unexpected place this semester. I’ve been trying to learn several...

Nicole Gieselman Apr 15, 2016 8:00 pm

Collin Wittmann '19 on returning from FYSAE

Collin is a first-year biology major from Salem, N.J who studied in Scotland last semester. One obstacle I didn’t think I could overcome, but did, was going home and seeing my dog…and then having to leave her all over again to come back to Arcadia. Really heart-wrenching stuff...

Helen Armstrong Apr 13, 2016 8:00 pm

Julia Andrea, Gluten-free Vegan Abroad

Julia goes to St Mary’s College of Maryland and is studying at the Umbra Institute in Perugia through The College of Global Studies at Arcadia. As a gluten-free vegan, I worried I would have trouble finding good food to eat here in Italy. Instead, Italy has fed my market addiction...

Marcella Haddad Apr 11, 2016 8:00 pm

Lisa Wright, Chat Worker

In the summer, I normally do Playstreet, where we close off our block from 10 to 4, and no cars come down, the kids get to play all day, and I serve them lunch and snacks. And it’s so fun, ’cause the city gives you little hula hoops, little toys and stuff for the kids to play with,...

Helen Armstrong Apr 11, 2016 8:00 pm

Just Say Yes

If you’ve been walking around with your eyes and ears open, I’m sure you’ve seen or heard the phrase “Just say yes” or something to that effect. It encourages saying yes to everything that’s offered to you, the idea being that taking every opportunity is important to our growth as humans. While I...

Marcella Haddad Apr 9, 2016 8:00 pm

How Can I Make a Career Out of This?

I didn’t think anyone would want to go. But when I looked up from packing my backpack after class, five girls were standing in front of me. “All of you want to go to Boston Teen Author Festival?” I double-checked. I’m the peer mentor for. Hero’s Journey, a First-Year Seminar...

Nicole Gieselman Apr 6, 2016 8:00 pm

Preview, Renew

We all know that cliché coming-of-age story: a lost teenager discovers the meaning of life through some spectacular adventure / relationship / traumatic event. Tales like this fill Young Adult library sections and movie theaters. And, to be honest, they’re there for a reason. High...

Marcella Haddad Apr 5, 2016 8:00 pm

Foxes, Crows, and Words I Don't Know

Sometimes, poetry can be incomprehensible, even if it’s written in your native language. So at first, trying to memorize poems in the languages I was learning seemed like I was just making my life unnecessarily difficult. But after actually reading, translating, understanding, and memorizing poems...

Helen Armstrong Mar 17, 2016 8:00 pm

Abroad Again

As I arrive at the midway point in my second study-abroad semester, I can’t help but look back on my first-year semester in London. It’s difficult to avoid comparing one experience to another. Each time you go abroad, you’re bound to see things in a new way. A second or third time studying abroad (...

Nicole Gieselman Mar 15, 2016 8:00 pm

The Greatest Store Around?

If you take a stroll down Easton Road, you’ll find a variety of shops and restaurants. There’s an ice cream parlor, half a dozen thrift stores, Jasmine’s Asian Bistro, and Humphrey’s Pest Control, to serve all your creepy-crawly needs. But there is one shopping destination that is clearly the...

Marcella Haddad Mar 13, 2016 8:00 pm

A Compass Leading the Way

There’s no better way to realize your strengths than to have someone ask you about your flaws. The form I had to fill out to reapply to be an RA was simple – I needed to get feedback from my residents and my peers and reflect on my strengths and weaknesses. It should have been straightforward. I...

Marcella Haddad Feb 28, 2016 7:00 pm

Making My Own Magic Universe

I destroyed the classroom on purpose. The official lesson plan said to overturn desks, dump out pencil cases, and move around chairs. When I’d finished with the destruction, I placed a note from an evil wizard in the center of the room. It told the students that their magic had been...